It's been a while since I've eaten at Noodle Star on 16th Avenue and Woodbine. It used to be one of my go-to favourites for afternoon tea.
Seafood tofu soup
The soup was filled with shrimp, crab meat, tofu chunks and gailan slivers. The texture of the soup is thick and gooey and it's pretty substantial as a starter course.
Fish sauce chicken
The chicken was sweetened with the fish sauce flavour and it was pretty meaty and relatively boneless.
Left: Dried fish with Gailan
Right: Beef brisket and tofu bowl
The gailan was flavoured with a slight fishy taste and tasted pretty good (if you like that flavour).
The beef brisket and tofu bowl was mediocre; the brisket wasn't tender enough and there wasn't enough tofu.
Fukien fried rice
One of my favourite types of fried rice: Fukien fried rice is always served with lots of sauce on top. The sauce was rich with mushrooms, meat and gailan and when you mix the sauce in the rice - it's just so much better than normal fried rice.
Clockwise from top left: Stir fried green beans with pork, pan-fried pork chops with spicy salt and boiled salted duck.
The stir-fried green beans and pan-fried pork chops were okay, but not as good as Maple Yip's.
I liked the boiled salted duck though. It was relatively boneless, tender and delicious. The pink vinegar sauce added a tang to the duck meat.
Pork belly with pickled vegetables
The pork belly was lean and a little tougher than I would have liked and it had a heavy pickled vegetable taste. I still think Maple Yip's is better.
Chicken and mushroom rice
I really liked this rice dish. It was really tasty with all the juices from the chicken and chinese mushrooms soaked and flavoured in the rice underneath. Add soy sauce and it's amazing!
Red bean dessert
A little watery, but it was okay.
Overall: It had a nice family vibe, the service was really efficient and the food was decent and affordable.